UPDATED CONTENT WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EPILOGUES!!
In the small, sleepy Southern town of Paradise, not everything is as it seems. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the tiny country town seems like it would be the perfect spot to raise a family, build a life and enjoy living in what most natives call ‘God’s Country’. What no one seems to realize is that there are secrets hiding in the families of this quaint little community – especially the McKinnon clan.
And everyone knows, in a family, secrets never stay secret for long.
All books in the series are STANDALONE
Cain’s Salvation (Book One, Passion in Paradise series)
STANDALONE. When Dr. Cain Turner’s life was literally blown apart in a small province of Afghanistan, it was only the hope and memories of one woman that propelled him forward. But there were more demons to face.
In the small country hamlet of Paradise, Tennessee…Faith waits. But all she gets is one hastily written break-up letter that shatters her to the core. Surrounded by her loving sisters, Faith McKinnon had faced her own demons, having thought that the love of her life had deserted her. But fate…and a few meddling McKinnon sisters…conspired to bring the two star-crossed lovers together again.
Will Cain ever be able to win Faith again? Will Faith be able to trust Cain after the horrible way he deserted her? Can their love for each other overcome the hurts that each has suffered?
Hard as Stone (Book Two, Passion in Paradise series)
STANDALONE. Jacob Stone is an undercover DEA Agent dead-set on getting vengeance for his sister’s death. When his sources tell him that the drug dealer he’s been searching for will soon be setting up a distribution center in the seemingly innocent town of Paradise, he moves in for the kill.
What Jake wasn’t counting on, however, was falling in love with gorgeous Harmony McKinnon – the ex-wife of the man he was determined to eliminate.
Harmony never believed she’d find love again….not after the horrors she lived through with her ex-husband. When she meets secretive Jacob Stone and soon falls in love, she never expected that her life would be in danger again…or that the man she’d come to trust would betray her.
Can Jake make Harmony understand his motives? Can Harmony trust him in spite of the past? Will they have their happily ever after?
I have read the strictly erotica books by this author in the past, and so I was a bit curious as to how they would do when it came to a Romance with only bits of erotica in it. I’m glad to say that I was extremely happy and pleasantly surprised at how well they were able to pull of this book.
The story begins with Cain and Faith planning their wedding, and then the twist that leaves Faith confused as to what is going to happen to her next. I believe that the author did a great job with Faith and her dealing with the issues of Cain ending their relationship. The pain that she was feeling was throughout the story was very well written, it felt extremely lifelike.
The inner battle that Cain was feeling was also very well written. As bad as this sounds, I enjoyed watching the torture that he was going through during the course of the book because it made the story that much better.
I can say that the authors were still able to bring their style of smuttiness into the book, because the sex scenes that take place were just well written. They were done with no sense of crudeness whatsoever. They were done with style and elegance, and added to the story just the right amount.
My only complaint with the book would be the large amount of characters that were introduced. When you go into the book, you do know that Faith has plenty of sisters, but it was a bit overwhelming when they were all brought up and their love interests were introduced as well.
Overall though, I did completely enjoy this story and I really can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released!
**Additional review of bonus content**
I really loved the new epilogue that O’Rourke added to this story. I didn’t realize until I had started reading it that to me that helped wrap up the story of Cain and Faith so much. Not only did it give the story the “closure” that I had felt was missing, but we were also able to find out about the wedding first hand. Which, with everything that Cain and Faith had been through, was a great thing to get to read.
I do feel like this added content was a great addition and really made the book that much better!
Hard As Stone
You know how you start reading a book and you know it’s going to be fabulous just because of who the author is? On one hand, I love these authors and I haven’t read a book from them that I haven’t enjoyed. (Key word here is enjoyed). And on the other hand, once I started this book I didn’t want to stop reading it! It even got to the point where when I HAD to stop (I really
had no choice in that matter), I ended up talking my mom’s ear off for the almost 2 hours about how much I loved the book and how she needed to read it. And at that point, I was only about 40% of the way through it.
Don’t get me wrong, while reading this book I had a complete love/hate relationship with Jake. I HATED how he was lying, but I did understand it at the same time. Now Harmony? Oh I loved her right from the start. There was just something about her; sweet, innocent, and just overall amazing. I loved her. I do have to say that my favorite person would have to be Heaven. When you read the story, you will completely understand what I’m talking about.
This book brought for lots of emotions; happiness, anger, joy, sadness, and the desire to kill someone.
You will be kept on the edge of your seat waiting patiently for the pages to turn because once again, this amazing writing duo wrote a great story that was an amazing balance between the smuttiness they are well known for, and the powerful story that unfolds with each page.
**Additional review of bonus content**
The added epilogue of this story was just off the walls amazing! Even though I kinda had a feeling what it was about, it still blew me away with how funny, yet serious at the same time, it was. I’m so glad to find out that Jake is still Jake, and is as headstrong as always. Harmony of course brings the perfect balance to the story.
Overall this epilogue adds more to the story and leaves me hoping that we will get to spend much more time with the families in Paradise.